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PostSubject: Sunday, 5 July - 11 July 2009: Childhood Stories   Sun Jul 05, 2009 7:35 pm

What were some of the stories you heard as a child that had an impact on you and you remember to today?

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PostSubject: Re: Sunday, 5 July - 11 July 2009: Childhood Stories   Sun Jul 05, 2009 11:38 pm

"The Little Engine that Could" is the first thing that popped into my head. That story kept me going, and today I still tell people to "keep trucking" and send them a PDF off the book if they're down lol.

They laugh at me, but I just smile at myself Wink.


"The Boy Who Painted The Sun" is another. I have that with me in my room. It taught me that I could always have the country with me, even when I couldnt be IN the country. Taught me I could be heard, and even if I wasnt I could still have my own little world. This one also kept me going Very Happy.


Also, the TV show "The Animals of Farthing Wood" has stuck with me all these years. I just found out it was a book, but I've yet to buy the series (strapped for cash lol).
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PostSubject: Re: Sunday, 5 July - 11 July 2009: Childhood Stories   Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:23 pm

This is my favorite book as a child.
It's was published in 1964 and called:


The Giving Tree
By: Shel Silverstein






Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy.
And every day the boy would come and he would gather her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the forest.
He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples.
And they would play hide-and-go-seek.
And when he was tired, he would sleep in her shade.
And the boy loved the tree ... very much.
And the tree was happy.

But time went by.
And the boy grew older.
And the tree was often alone.
Then one day the boy came to the tree and the tree said, "Come, Boy, come and climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and eat apples and play in my shade and be happy."
"I am too big to climb and play," said the boy.
"I want to buy things and have fun. I want some money. Can you give me some money?"
"I'm sorry," said the tree, "but I have no money. I have only leaves and apples. Take my apples, Boy, and sell them in the city. Then you will have money and you will be happy."
And so the boy climbed up the tree and gathered her apples and carried them away.
And the tree was happy.

But the boy stayed away for a long time ...and the tree was sad.
And then one day the boy came back and the tree shook with joy and she said, "Come, Boy, climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and be happy."
"I am too busy to climb trees," said the boy.
"I want a house to keep me warm," he said.
"I want a wife and I want children, and so I need a house. Can you give me a house?"
“I have no house," said the tree.
"The forest is my house, but you may cut off my branches and build a house. Then you will be happy."
And so the boy cut off her branches and carried them away to build his house.
And the tree was happy.

But the boy stayed away for a long time. And when he came back, the tree was so happy she could hardly speak.
"Come, Boy," she whispered, "come and play."
"I am too old and sad to play," said the boy.
"I want a boat that will take me far away from here. Can you give me a boat?"
"Cut down my trunk and make a boat." said the tree. "Then you can sail away ... and be happy."
And so the boy cut down her trunk and made a boat and sailed away.
And the tree was happy ... but not really.

And after a long time the boy came back again.
"I am sorry, Boy," said the tree, "but I have nothing left to give you, my apples are gone."

"My teeth are too weak for apples", said the boy.
"My branches are gone", said the tree. "You cannot swing on them -"
"I am too old to swing on branches," said the boy.
"My trunk is gone," said the tree. "You cannot climb -"
"I am too tired to climb," said the boy.
"I am sorry," sighed the tree. I wish that I could give you something...but I have nothing left. I am just an old stump. I am sorry...."
"I don't need very much now," said the boy,
"Just a quiet place to sit and rest. I am very tired."
"Well," said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could,
"Well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting. Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest."
And the boy did.

And the tree was happy.



This is and always will be one of my favorite childhood stories Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Sunday, 5 July - 11 July 2009: Childhood Stories   Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:42 am

I love that book, Lilli. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Sunday, 5 July - 11 July 2009: Childhood Stories   Sat Jul 18, 2009 4:24 am

bounce Very Happy cheers YAY LOL

Great Jared I'm glad you like it too.
It really is an amazing story all about the lasting bond
of love and friendship.
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